Barcelona asked to be updated about Mohamed Salah’s situation at Liverpool this summer.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that the Spanish giants had asked Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas, to keep them in the loop.
Barca were reportedly one of ‘a number’ of ‘top European clubs’ to ask Abbas for similar updates.
Salah could have begun talks over a pre-agreement with another club from 1st January. Instead, Liverpool have made sure that won’t happen, with their top scorer from last season now signing a new deal.
Not this time, Barca
It’s normal that clubs like Barcelona were circling Salah. Perhaps Liverpool were even aware of such overtures, accelerating their need to tie down their star man.
Throughout the whole saga though, Salah’s preference was always said to be to stay at Liverpool.
Even when it looked unlikely that an agreement could be reached, the player himself always seemingly remained positive.
Should Salah have left Liverpool, it was also mooted that he would have preferred to stay in England.
While this would have destroyed his legacy at Anfield, it also means Barca’s interest was unlikely to lead to anything.
The Catalan club are mired in financial difficulty, too. It seems virtually impossible that they’d have been able to pay Salah the kind of money that has kept him at Liverpool. The Egyptian is Liverpool’s main man and was labelled as being ‘outstanding’ by Jurgen Klopp via Eurosport last season.
Nevertheless, the pull of Barca is something that Liverpool have seen their best players succumb to in the past. It’s nice that having seen Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez leave for Spain, The Reds can now compete with such allure.